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American Pharmacists Association

APhA to NASEM: Pharmacists should be in top-tier of providers of COVID-19 vaccine

APhA to NASEM: Pharmacists should be in top-tier of providers of COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON — All pharmacists should be in the first tier of providers for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that pharmacists are able to continue providing critical care to their patients, said Scott Knoer, in testimony this week to a committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. The academy’s draft recommendations placed pharmacists

National pharmacy organizations urge governors to include community-based pharmacies in vaccination plans for COVID-19

National pharmacy organizations urge governors to include community-based pharmacies in vaccination plans for COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The fastest and surest way to immunize millions of Americans against COVID-19 is to enlist local pharmacists who see more patients per year than primary physicians, a group of national pharmacy organizations told the National Governors Association today. “To realize the positive outcomes hoped for, all community-based pharmacists and pharmacies must be part of

Pharmacy groups tell HHS that any action on rebate rule must involve fixing pharmacy DIR fees

Pharmacy groups tell HHS that any action on rebate rule must involve fixing pharmacy DIR fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The country’s leading pharmacy groups said that any action on a prescription drug rebate rule must address skyrocketing fees extracted by pharmacy benefit managers on behalf of plan sponsors in Medicare Part D. “We remind the Administration of the continuous and heightened impact of pharmacy DIR fees imposed by Medicare Part D

Pharmacy groups urge “fundamental reshaping” of health care vertical merger policy

Pharmacy groups urge “fundamental reshaping” of health care vertical merger policy

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and National Community Pharmacists Association collectively urged “reinvigorated and reimagined antitrust enforcement policy” in joint comments submitted Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Earlier this year,

Pharmacy Profiles creates one-stop repository of pharmacists’ info

Pharmacy Profiles creates one-stop repository of pharmacists’ info

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy Profiles, the trusted and verified repository of the nation’s pharmacist providers, announced Tuesday its nationwide launch. A subsidiary of the American Pharmacists Association, Pharmacy Profiles provides a one-stop repository of all of the professional information a pharmacist would need to achieve and maintain full recognition as a health care provider. It will

The profession of pharmacy: A tale of two realities

The profession of pharmacy: A tale of two realities

Editor’s note: This was part of CDR’s 2019 Pharmacy Outlook in the January 7 issue. Today, pharmacists are facing a health care environment that presents both opportunities and challenges. On one hand, there are opportunities as the health care system shifts to value-based payment and other health care providers increasingly recognize that utilization of pharmacists

NACDS teams with stakeholders on immunization referral tip sheet

NACDS teams with stakeholders on immunization referral tip sheet

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to create a tip sheet for obstetricians and gynecologists to implement an immunization referral system with other healthcare stakeholders, including pharmacies. Obstetrician-gynecologists and pharmacists, including NACDS member

Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

WASHINGTON — A group of senators are sponsoring legislation to bring more prescription drug pricing transparency to the pharmacy counter. Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine), Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) yesterday introduced the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554) and the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), which would

NACDS among group joining in fight against opioid abuse

NACDS among group joining in fight against opioid abuse

WASHINGTON—  Opioid abuse is a serious public health problem that has reached crisis levels across the United States, with more than 90 Americans dying each day from overdose of opioids, and many more becoming addicted. Recognizing the urgency and impact of this issue on the health of millions of patients across the country, a coalition

APhA teams with Kroger, Solera to prevent diabetes

APhA teams with Kroger, Solera to prevent diabetes

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation has partnered with The Kroger Co. and Solera Health for a program to help reduce the incidence of diabetes through community pharmacies. Under the project, called “Project IMPACT: Diabetes Prevention,” the APhA Foundation was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build infrastructure

APhA launches Leadership360 Institute

APhA launches Leadership360 Institute

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has unveiled the Leadership360 Institute, an educational program to help pharmacists enhance their leadership and management skills. Institute participants can sign up for any or all of the three Leadership tracks, including Lead360, Mentor360 and Manage360. Each track will offer programs to help pharmacists excel in their individual

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) had a tense confirmation hearing in the Senate last week for his nomination by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But he got a thumbs-up from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on at least one count: pharmacists’ place in the U.S. health

Provider status bill returns to House

Provider status bill returns to House

WASHINGTON — Just about a week after being reintroduced in the Senate, the pharmacy provider status bill is now once again before the House of Representatives. Reps. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Tom Reed (R., N.Y.) on Friday introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

WASHINGTON – Pharmacist provider status legislation is back before Congress, with the bipartisan co-sponsorship of more than a quarter of the Senate. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), Bob Casey (D., Penn.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) on Thursday reintroduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109) with its 27 original co-sponsors. A

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